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Belly dancer draws criticism for performing at Egyptian school prom

The pupils allegedly arranged the entertainment without the knowledge of the school administration

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Egyptian teenage private school students reportedly hired a belly dancer to perform at their prom party at a five-star hotel, sparking a media storm in the country.

Local media outlets that picked up the incident published pictures of the students and a belly dancer named Ghazal, who took to the floor to entertain the party guests.

The pupils allegedly arranged the entertainment without the knowledge of the school administration, according to Egypt Independent newspaper.

The newspaper said the payments for the hotel reservation and the belly dancer were covered by the students.

The story drew criticism from internet users who expressed their shock over the uncommon incident.

While belly dancing is considered a type of Egyptian traditional dancing, it is still frowned upon by conservatives due to its perceivably sexual nature.

But belly dancing remains a popular form of entertainment during parties and weddings.